[Erskine, Thomas], Armata – A Fragment, John Murray, London, 1817, Second Edition, Good. Full Calf, 8vo. Two parts in one – , 210pp, , viii, 210pp. Contemporary full calf, smooth spine, divided into five panels by gilt rules, morocco title label to second panel, remaining panels with gilt central device, covers bordered by gilt roll.
Spine faded, chipped to spine ends, front outer joint split and very weak. Front endpaper detached, endpapers browned, with a worm track towards the top of page, catching title with single worn track through top margin of the first 70 pages (not affecting text), otherwise internally bright and clean. Book label of John Paul Paul of High Grove to front pastedown.
Allegorical utopian fiction, Sargent, page 17, a parallel history of England. Emphasis on gradual change”; Bleiler 264, Negley 322, Locke, Spectrum I:14. Bailey describes it as a “satire … twin-world attached to the earth at the South Pole … cast up on an island, Armata, that is a counterpart of England. Morven his host, tells the story of Armata … and its problems … customs are similar, but different in accent at points Erskine wishes to satirize” (Bailey – Pilgrims Through Space and Time – Pg 23). Wolff 2096 “curiously rare”